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Y’s Men Ready Memorial Day Float

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Members of the Y’s Men of Westport Weston work on the group’s float for Monday’s Memorial Day parade. The float models a World War II landing craft as a remembrance of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing on June 6, 1944. The Y’s Men group counts 62 World War II veterans among its members, including some who participated in the landing or the ensuing action. Several of these veterans will ride on the float. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stan Groner for WestportNow.com

Westport Outdoors: Saugatuck Craft Butchery

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The Saugatuck Craft Butchery is today’s featured spot in our WestportNow series, Westport Outdoors, highlighting popular spots where Westporters gather to eat, play, or relax during the warm-weather months. Co-owner Paul Nessel said this is the first spring season since the business relocated from across the street last September and the outdoor seating has become an attraction. “The activity in Saugatuck Center is picking up since all the space is now occupied including Saugatuck Sweets which opened this month in our former location,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Rene D. Purcell, 77

Rene Dawson Purcell, a 50-year resident of Westport, died May 21 following a brief illness. She was 77.

Born and raised in Syracuse, N.Y., the daughter of George and Pauline Dawson, she attended Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y. where she received a B.S. in biology graduating magna cum laude.

Following graduation, she worked for Bristol-Myers where she met her husband, Frank E. Purcell, Jr. They began their married life in Evanston, Ill. where their first child, Frank III was born. They transferred to Westport in 1965 to raise two more children, Pauline P. Akers and Timothy M. Purcell.

She was active in many town and community affairs including the St. Luke Parish Altar Guild, Meals on Wheels, the Longshore Ladies Golf Association, the Minuteman Yacht Club and the American Cancer Society.

Report: Blumenthal to Back Hillary at Westport Event

Invitations have gone out for a Westport fundraiser for Hillary Clinton on June 6 and the National Journal said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal will use the occasion to become the latest Democratic senator to come out for a potential Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy.

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Hillary Clinton met last month when she addressed University of Connecticut students. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Blumenthal will make a “special announcement” at a June 6 fundraiser for the super PAC Ready for Hillary at the Westport home of Ann Sheffer and Bill Scheffler, according to an invitation sent to area Democrats by Martha Aasen, former Westport Democratic Committee town chair.

Harold Ickes, a Bill Clinton White House aide who is now a senior adviser to Ready for Hillary will also give an “important update,” the invitation said. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $201.60 (a nod to the year 2016) for the “sponsor” level and go up to $1,000 for the “cohost” level.

The National Journal said Blumenthal joins Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow, Barbara Boxer and Dick Durbin, who announced their support for Clinton earlier this week, and Sen. Tim Kaine, who threw his support behind Clinton earlier this month. Several other Democratic leaders have urged Clinton to run.

Saturday,  May 24, 2014


9:45 a.m. – Westport Historical Society – World of Westport Bus Tour with Dan Woog
10 a.m. – Westport Library – May Maker-in-Residence Jeanine Esposito: Design Thinking Stations
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Abstract Notes” & “Solos 2014”
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Sherwood Island State Park – Horseshoe Crab Tagging Workshop
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover … “
Noon – 4 -.m. – Pet Supplies Plus, 1870 Post Road East – Little Black Dog adoption event

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar